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Local News

  • Power lines on the mend, shelter still open for those in need

    While the number continues to fall with each passing day, over 1,000 Spencer Countians remained without electricity Saturday.

    Crews from Salt River Electric and Kentucky Utilities worked in Friday's frigid temperatures making repairs to areas of the county that would affect the greatest number of residents.

    "Hospitals and areas with the highest impact are first," said Randy Burba, spokesman for Salt River Electric, "then the more rural areas that are harder to get to."

  • Dead animal removal service could become extinct

    A new federal ruling aimed at curbing the potential spread of Mad Cow disease could spike a huge increase in the cost of disposing of dead livestock for local farmers.

    The new FDA regulation, scheduled to take effect in April, will prohibit the rendering of dead cattle over the age of 30 months unless the brain and spinal cords have been removed, an added expense that could threaten the profits and survival of the company that currently handles dead animal removal for Spencer and 21 other Kentucky counties.

  • What's Happening

    Masonic Lodge Breakfast

    Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210 will be having an all-you-can-eat  breakfast Saturday from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The breakfast is $6 per person. Carry-out is available. Everyone is welcome.

    Spencer County Youth baseball/softball signups

    The Spencer County Youth Baseball/Softball Association will hold sign-ups Saturday at the Farm Bureau building from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Cole at 422-1163.

    Project Graduation corn-hole

    tournament

  • Emergency shelter moved to On the Way Cafe

    Local agencies have decided to relocate the emergency shelter on the anticipation of students heading back to school Tuesday. Spencer County Schools are scheduled to open on a 2-hour delay tomorrow after being closed for the past week.

    Any resident in need of a warm place to stay can now seek shelter at On the Way Cafe, located on KY44-East next to Eagle's Motel. Hot meals and access to a shower will also be available. Currently about a half dozen empty cots have been prepared.

  • Cleaning up nature’s tangled mess

    For three days, Charles Walker has been reducing the wooden rubble strewn across his front yard into neat, manageable piles.

    “It was a terrible mess,” said Walker of the ice storm debris from his once majestic maples. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

    As the Waterford man and his nephew, Brian Walker, cut some of the larger sections into firewood for a neighbor, the elder Walker said his plan was to pile the rest of the twigs behind his home near the woods.

  • Bright spots in business: Daugherty’s Body Shop

    Bright spots in business will be an occasional series that highlights Spencer County business owners who are not only surviving, but thriving during the current recession. With this feature, the Magnet will celebrate businesses that are helping to keep our local economy flowing and will provide some insight for those entrepreneurs in need of some good news in these bad times.

    Just as the global financial crisis was beginning to take shape in September 2008, Paul Daugherty was breaking ground on a 10,500 sq. ft. expansion project to his Taylorsville body shop.

  • Extension project presses on

    The Spencer County Extension service is one step closer to having bigger and better facilities following the district board’s vote Monday night to approve a land survey.

    “We’re at step three of 76 steps to getting something built,” said Bryce Roberts, Spencer County’s agricultural agent. “But the wheels are turning and that’s a positive.”

  • Police need help with TES break-in

    Taylorsville Police are looking for information regarding a break-in at Taylorsville Elementary that occurred earlier this month.

    Two vending machines were damaged and an undetermined amount of money was taken sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday, January 8, and 5 a.m. the next morning.

    Police Chief Toby Lewis said that the suspect, or suspects, entered the school through a window.

    If you have information regarding this or any crime, please contact the Taylorsville Police Department at 477-3231.

  • Stand-off ends peacefully

    An Ashes Creek man was arrested Sunday after allegedly pointing a rifle at police during a brief stand-off.

    Ronnie Inghram, 35, of 3616 Ashes Creek Lane, is facing six charges filed by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department including wanton endangerment in the first degree. The felony charge carries a penalty of one to five years imprisonment and/or fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

    Sheriff Steve Coulter said police were called to the scene following a domestic disturbance.

  • Magnet takes 2nd in KPA

    The Spencer Magnet earned praise for its dedication to community news coverage amid fellow weekly papers at Friday night’s 2008 Kentucky Press Association awards banquet. Overall, Magnet staffers earned 13 awards for individual and collaborative efforts during the previous year.

    “My hope is that readers will see this as testament of our desire to serve them,” said Robin Bass, Magnet editor. “Awards are a good measurement of individual success, but our goal is, and always will be, to give Spencer County the best we can offer.”